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'File 10/3 IV Qatar Oil Concession' [‎14r] (46/534)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (262 folios). It was created in 25 Mar 1934-20 May 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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of protection which was drawn up at the Middle East
Official Suh-Committee meeting of February 23rd, and that
we then agreed that the Question of the landward limit of
the prop sed Qatar oil concession ana. oi the proposed
guarantee of protection to the Sheikh should be dealt with
independently of the Question of tn® political boundaries
of the Sheikhdom.
7, While for all these reasons our present
attitude is that we should maintain the ''blue line"
against Ibn Saud and leave him in no further doubt as to
our claim to regard the area to the •ast ol it as
falling within our sphere, it would of course be for
consideration whether it may not be desirable eventually
to offer him some concession in this area, particularly if
it turns out that tribes to the east of the "blue line do
in fact owe him definite allegiance. This possibility is
considered in conclusion (c)(i) of your memorandum, but I
think that it is now clear that if we are eventually to
establish any modified line, we shall first have to
establish our rights up to the "blue line", since
otherwise we shall have nothing to give away or bargain
with. In this connexion it is perhaps worth noting that,
according to Dixon's latest report, of which you sent us a
copy in your letter P.Z.1177/34, of 7th March, the Bay of
Salwa appears to extend further to the south than is shown
on our 1;1 ,000 ,000 maps. This seems to be borne out by
Philby's (1:2,000,000) 1932 map, published in the
Geographical Journal of January 1933, where the Bahr-as-
Salwa 19 shown in detail as extending southwards to a
latitude hardly north of that of the Khor -al-Odaid. It
may thus be that, when the area is properly surveyed, it
will be found that a strict interpretation of the "blue

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The volume contains correspondence between the India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. and the Shaikh of Qatar, the Air Ministry, the Foreign Office, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and H.M.'s Ministry at Jedda in regard to the borders of Qatar, the oil concession and the relations of the Shaikhdoms with Ibn Said.

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 236-244).

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1 volume (262 folios)

The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 236-244.

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The foliation starts on the first page of writing on top right-hand corner and finishes on the back cover. The numbering starts with 1, then 7, 8a, 8b, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B, 11-14, 15A, 15B, 16, then 18, 19A, 19B, 20, 21A, 21B, 22, then 50, 51A, 51B, 52, then 79, 80A, 80B, 81-84, 85A, 85B, 86, then 92, 93A, 93B, then 159, 160A, 160B, 160C,161, then 228, 229A, 229B, 230, and then carries until 249 which is the last number given.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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